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ETV Program Highlights for November & December 2017

November 27, 2017 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
Photos from Sea Change (top) and Between the Waters (bottom)

Photos from "Sea Change" (top) and "Between the Waters" (bottom) airing in November on SCETV

ETV presents programs of interest to teachers and students! In November and December, ETV features a variety of educational programs and holiday specials, including a full line-up of PBS Kids specials on Christmas day! Don’t miss Space Evening, Anne of Green Gables, a new National Parks special, plus … many new episodes in your favorite PBS Kids programs on SCETV! ETV is your destination for learning!



F.S. Key: After the Song

This three-part series is about Francis Scott Key's life after he wrote The Star-Spangled Banner in 1814. Key was an ambitious political operative and defender of the slavery system. The series is a window into antebellum society and the attitudes and behavior of Americans on slavery that lead to Civil War and in some ways still exist to this day. The film centers on interviews between the filmmaker Phillip J. Marshall and a series of 13 characters from history, including: Mary Tayloe Lloyd Key (the wife of Francis Scott Key), President Andrew Jackson, John Randolph of Roanoke, Edgar Allan Poe, and William Lloyd Garrison, who discuss and explore the events of Key's lifetime in a collective conversation, supplemented with interviews with academicians and experts on the historical period. Re-creations of some historical events add further depth to the film.

Airs: Wednesdays, Nov. 8, 15 and 22 at 8:00 a.m. on ETV World (ETVW)


Sea Change

This SCETV special presents diverse perspectives on the impact of sea level rise on the Eastern Seaboard, as experienced in coastal South Carolina and Georgia. Narrator Patrick McMillan takes viewers from the sands of Hunting Island State Park to other communities along the coast, looking at immediate and long term impacts and the efforts made to withstand nature’s onslaught.

Airs: Nov. 15 at 7:00 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 4:00 p.m., both on SCETV

         Nov. 20 at 8:00 p.m. on SCC

         Nov. 23 at 11:00 a.m. on ETV World (ETVW)


Space Evening

Three- part series:

-Year in Space

This film takes viewers behind-the-scenes of astronaut Scott Kelly's 12-month stay on the International Space Station where he tested human limits for space travel and laid the groundwork for a manned mission to Mars. (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

-Beyond a Year in Space

Picking up where the first film left off Scott Kelly's last day in space and return to Earth-the final installment also introduces viewers to the next generation of astronauts training to leave Earth's orbit and travel into deep space. (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

-Farthest Voyager in Space

Launched in 1977, NASA's epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their spectacular moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager 1 left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age. (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Airs: Nov. 15 at 8:00-11:00 p.m. on SCETV


Carolina Stories: Between the Waters

Located near Georgetown, historic Hobcaw was the location of a Native American settlement and later the hunting retreat of financier Bernard Baruch. This SCETV special tells the story of Hobcaw, now preserved for education and research, in the words of those who lived there.

Airs: (Premiere) Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m. on SCETV

         Nov. 19 at 3:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on SCETV

         Nov. 20 at 9:00 p.m. on SCC


David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize

This year, the Kennedy Center has selected Emmy Award-winning comedian, David Letterman as the recipient of the 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Letterman has been hailed as one of the most innovative and influential broadcasters in the history of television. In 33 years on late-night television, Letterman hosted 6,028 episodes of Late Night (NBC) and The Late Show (CBS), surpassing his mentor, Johnny Carson, for the longest-running late-night broadcaster in American history. As a writer, producer and performer, Letterman is one of the most-nominated people in Emmy Award history, with 52 nominations, resulting in 10 wins. Letterman is also a Peabody Award winner and a Kennedy Center Honoree.

Airs: Nov. 20 at 8:00 p.m. on SCETV


Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars

Join Anne Shirley as she turns 13 and faces complex situations with friends, adults and Gilbert. Her free-spirited nature is challenged by her perceived need to be sensible, a journey fraught with confusion and unfortunate-albeit amusing-mishaps. This special airs on Thanksgiving evening!

Airs: Nov. 23 at 8:30 p.m. on SCETV


Anne of Green Gables (2016 movie version)

Savor a new adaptation of the classic novel about the orphaned Anne, placed in the care of uptight Marilla and her brother Matthew, played by Martin Sheen. Neither Anne nor Marilla could predict the profound effect they'd have on each other's lives.

Airs: Oct. 23 at 11:00 p.m. on SCETV and ETV World (ETVW)



From the Jazz Age to the Digital Age: Pulitzer Prize Winners in South Carolina—Celebrating Pulitzer Novelist Julia Peterkin

The third program of this series examines the significance and lasting impact of the late Julia Peterkin, South Carolina's only recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in literature. Moderated by SCETV's Beryl Dakers, featuring Gayla Jamison, producer/director of the film "Cheating the Stillness: The World of Julia Peterkin," Peterkin biographer Susan Millar Williams and Peterkin scholar Margaret Washington of Cornell University. They will talk about her gifts as a storyteller and address her remarkable achievements in the context of the Jazz Age.

Airs: Dec. 15 at 11:30 p.m. on SCC


National Parks—Troubled Edens

The one-hour documentary examines the future of America's national parks from Grand Canyon to Yellowstone, and looks at issues ranging from over-crowding and wildlife management to the long-standing rub between conservation and development. Since the early 20th century, lands designated as national parks, forests, monuments, and historic sites have all encountered controversy. Political machinations abound; two thirds of the current national parks were opposed when they were announced. Environmental issues such as global warming, reintroducing wolves where they had been exterminated, and invasive species affect the parks in ways never imagined. Finally, in an ironic twist on the very reason the parks were originally created, visitors are putting stresses on our national resources like never before. Weaving black and white photos and stunning imagery of the national parks with interviews from several experts, the documentary examines the unique challenges that America's national parks face in the 21st century.

Airs: Dec. 17 at 6:00 a.m. on ETV World (ETVW)


Christmas Carol: Theater of the Mind

Journey back to the beloved Charles Dickens' tale of Scrooge and the lessons learned by a lonely, forlorn old curmudgeon all presented with live sound effects like a classic radio-style drama the all-new "A Christmas Carol".

Airs: Dec. 17 at 9:00 p.m. on SCC


Getting to the Nutcracker

This special is a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes each year to produce the Nutcracker Ballet from auditions to final performance, following the Los Angeles based, Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre, led by the former Kirov star. Boys and girls, ages 3-18 are profiled; passionate people who, with their families, make incredible sacrifices of time and money, just so that they may dance. The young featured dancers have diverse backgrounds and very different life goals, which may or may not include dance. Executive Producer/Director Serene Meshel-Dillman, a former dancer at the School of American Ballet and commercial television producer, allows the viewer an intimate, behind-the-curtain view of the dancers, their teachers and families. The audience follows the dancers through the auditions, the rigorous hours of training and rehearsals, and shares the joy of landing a principal role and the pain of losing one.

Airs: Dec. 24 at 7:00 p.m. on SCC


Rick Steves Special: Luther and the Reformation

In 1510, a young monk from Germany named Martin Luther walked 700 miles to Rome on a pilgrimage. He returned home disillusioned, and in 1517, raised 95 difficult theological questions at the university where he taught - and kicked off what became the Protestant Reformation. By questioning corrupt Catholic Church practices, Luther unleashed a torrent of public frustration and undercut the power of the Church. In this program, travel expert Rick Steves sheds light on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by visiting key sites (including Erfurt, Wittenberg and Rome), and explores the complicated political world of 16th-century Europe, from indulgences to iconoclasts, and from the printing press to the Counter-Reformation. It's a story of power, rebellion and faith that precipitated change in Europe and Christianity forever, and contributed to the birth of our modern world.

Airs: Dec. 31 at 6:00 p.m. on SCETV




SCETV PBS Kids channel Now Available on the SCETV App

The SCETV PBS Kids channel (24/7 online) has been added to the SCETV App, providing 24-hour access to the SCETV PBS Kids Live stream. With videos and games at your fingertips, kids can take all of the PBS educational shows wherever they go. Download the SCETV App here.


Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas

It's Christmas Eve on Sesame Street! After putting out cookies for Santa, Elmo's dad tells him a bedtime story about his great-great-grandmonster Elmo and how Sesame Street was once an unfriendly street. Everyone was grouchy and there was no holiday spirit. With the help of Grandmonster Elmo's new friends, they try to find a way to bring back the holiday spirit in hopes that Santa would come to visit. They learn that all you need is kindness!

Airs: Nov. 22 at 11:30 a.m. on SCETV (Also, plays again many times leading up to Christmas Day!)


New Specials and Episodes:

A number of PBS KIDS holiday specials, movies and thematic episodes will play across the PBS KIDS schedule. PBS KIDS celebrates the season with holiday movies from Wild Kratts, Curious George, Cat in the Hat, and more! 


-Thomas & Friends

This 90 minute feature movie has Thomas leaving the island for the first time ever to travel to the mainland where he sees and experiences things that are beyond his wildest dreams.

Airs: (Premiere) Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m. on SCETV PBS Kids (24/7 online)

         Dec. 16 at 6:30 a.m. on SCETV


-Wild Kratts

Three new episodes kick off this month!

Airs: Nov. 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 a.m. on SCETV


-Sesame Street

New episodes start on Mondays in November and continue in December!

Airs: Mondays in November (Nov. 6, 14, 20 and 27) and Nov. 21, Dec. 4, and Dec. 18 at 11:30 a.m. on SCETV



Two new episodes kick off in December: Dec. 30—Plantasaurus!; Dec. 31—A Reboot Eve to Remember

Airs: Dec. 28 at 7:00 a.m. (Plantasaurus!) on SCETV PBS Kids (24/7 online)

         Dec. 29 at 7:00 a.m. (A Reboot Eve to Remember) on SCETV PBS Kids (24/7 online)


-Ready Jet Go! 

A new season of episodes begin Dec. 11!

Airs: Dec. 11 at 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on SCETV


-Splash and Bubbles

A new season episodes begins Dec. 11!

Airs: Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m. on SCETV


Christmas Day Programs on SCETV:

7:00 a.m.             Ready Jet Go! Holidays in Boxwood Terrace

7:30 a.m.             Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

8:30 a.m.             Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

9:30 a.m.             Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Snow Flake Day!

10:00 a.m.           Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Snowy Day/Tutu all the Time

11:30 a.m.           Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas

12:30 p.m.           SuperWhy!: Nutcracker

1:00 p.m.             Pet + Cat: The Christmas Problem

1:30 p.m.             Dinosaur Train: Don’s Winter/Festival of Lights

2:00 p.m.             Ready Jet Go! Holidays in Boxwood Terrace

3:30 p.m.             Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

4:30 p.m.             Odd Squad: Reindeer Games


Local Programming


Palmetto Scene

SCETV’s weekly magazine-style series airs each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on SCETV and focuses on SC arts and culture, business and economy, education, health, politics, and technology. 

Nov. 2   – Topics include: What Works SC educational programs, high school aerospace curriculum; SC Governor's race

Nov. 9   – Topics include: Profile of veteran; climate change

Nov. 16 – Topics include: HBCU Sports; McKissick Museum exhibit

Nov. 23 – Topics include: Best of Original SC

Nov. 30 – (pre-empted for special programming)


Dec. 7   - (pre-empted for special programming)

Dec. 14 - Topics include: Christmas at Biltmore; Musician Patrick Davis; National Principal of the Year

Dec. 21 - Topics include - Charleston Music Hall; Original SC Santa; holiday place setting

Dec. 28 - Topics include - A conversation with Cassandra King Conroy

Jan. 4    - Topics include - Hall of Fame profiles

*For other air dates, please visit the ETV schedule page:


In addition to viewing the broadcast programs, you are invited to access the Palmetto Scene program segments archived online in streaming format. Visit


This Week in South Carolina

This SCETV public affairs series features interviews with the newsmakers and policymakers of the week and is produced by the University of South Carolina with ETV.  Hosted by with Charles Bierbauer, former ABC and CNN correspondent and Dean of USC’s School of Information and Communication, the timely programs air each Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. on SCETV. 

Airs: Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on SCETV 

Repeats: Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. on ETV World (ETVW)

                 Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on SCC

                 Fridays (the Friday after original broadcast) at 5:00 p.m. on ETV World (ETVW)


To see full listings and schedule changes for SCETV-HD, the SC Channel (SCC) and ETV World (ETVW):


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